SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA
A cargo of 12 1/2 tonnes of medical supplies and aid from the Cuban government has arrived in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA
1. SV PULL BACK TO GV Aircraft with aid cargo at Santa Cruz airport 0.10
2. CU PULL BACK TO SV & SV Troops watching as Jorge Lezcano, vice president of Cuban National Assembly, is greeted by Bolivian officials (2 shots) 0.24
3. SVs Troops unloading supplies (3 shots) 0.44
4. CU PULL BACK TO GV & SVs PULL BACK TO GVs Mud left by floods (4 shots) 1.12
5. SV & GVs People clearing away mud (3 shots) 1.27
6. GV Playground destroyed by mud 1.34
7. GV Part of pavilion complex covered in mud 1.37
8. SV PULL BACK TO GV & GVs Women and children in refugee camp (7 shots) 2.13
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Background: SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA
A cargo of 12 1/2 tonnes of medical supplies and aid from the Cuban government has arrived in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The vice-president of the Cuban national assembly, Senor Jorge Lezcano, travelled on the cargo plane to donate the supplies. The city was flooded on March 19 when a tribunary of the Amazon River, which runs alongside Santa Cruz, broke its banks. More than 450,000 hectares of crops -- maize, soya and cotton -- were swept away; concrete bridges, roads and railway lines up, and more than 50,000 people homeless. Early estimates of the damages: more than 50 million US dollars. After the supplies, which included medicines, condensed milk and canned foods, were unloaded on April 4, members of the Cuban delegation, including doctors, toured flood areas. Receding floodwaters have left a layer of mud up to three metres deep in parts of the city's once-flourishing botanical gardens, and revealed that the heavy oil pipeline sections had been moved by up to 50 metres. Fifteen thousand homeless have been placed temporarily in a nearby refugee camp, which was visited by government officials. The camp has no running water, or mains electricity supplies, and as many as four families each area sharing tents made from plastic sheets.
Source: REUTERS - DANIEL BAUER